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Secret Appreciation June 5, 2009

Filed under: Details — bridaldaze @ 12:57 pm

So the day has come and you are walking down the aisle.  There are so many things going through your head from your shoes, to you hair, to whether your ring bearer will swallow the ring.  Your guests know you have a lot going on and it may be hard to show your appreciation to everyone in person.  A great idea is to leave a note under each guests charger.

note

As your guests finish their last bite and the dinner plate is removed, also request – once all plates are removed – to remove the chargers as well.  Your guests will see the note left for them and feel as though you thought of them even on your hectic day.

 

Midnight Snacks June 4, 2009

Filed under: Food and Beverage — bridaldaze @ 4:12 pm

Your wedding celebration will continue on for some time after the last dinner dishes have been cleared.  So consider offering your guests a late-night treat that will be surely satisfying and light enough to keep the party rolling.

If you want to continue the dessert portion of the evening you may want to have some fruit tarts.  They are bite size and easy to eat, no mess.

tart

Sometimes pairing something to drink with a passing dessert is always a nice one stop re-charge.  Try a hot chocolate chip cookie and a shot of cold milk.

CookiesMilkIf the dessert is over and you don’t have much of a sweet tooth crowd, think about a mini-ender.  Think of your child hood maybe a grill cheese sandwich and tomato soup.  By using a Chinese soup spoon to hold the soup you are continuing the quick and easy slow of your midnight snacks.

tom soup

No matter how you serve it or whether it is the sugar to keep you going through the night or some comfort food to finish the night, always make sure you keep your guests fed.  Much like your new husband – a way to a guests heart is through there stomach.

 

Eye Spy June 3, 2009

Filed under: Beauty and Health — bridaldaze @ 6:54 pm

Want to leave the black rivers on your checks for another day?  Secrets to jaw-dropping peepers.

BANISH SMUDGES

When emotions are running high use Genie TLC mascara, a waterproof formula that defines and lengthens the lashes.  Then, to mop up tears while staying smudge-free, wrap a small piece of paper towel around your finger and dab – rather than wipe – away the moisture.

mascara

Genie TLC mascara, $20; geniebeauty.com

GET LONG, LUSH LASHES

Fake lashes do not have to come off cartoonish (Betty Boop) or theatrical (Liza Minnelli).  The trick: Rather than attaching a full strip along the entire length of your upper lash line, ask your make-up artist to attach individual ones to the outer edge of your eyes.  Simply pluck them out with the help of an oil-based makeup remover. Try Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive.

Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive, $4; drugstore.com

Ardell Lashtite Individual Eyelash Adhesive, $4; drugstore.com

QUIT SMOKING

Instead of wearing event-inappropriate smoky eyes, line the inner rims with a water-resistant black eyeliner.  It creates drama without heaviness.

DARKEN BROWS

Skip the dye job and fill them in.

STEP 1 – Brush brows up and out with a clean spooley brush.

STEP 2 – With a pointed taupe (for lighter brows) or brown (for darker ones) eyebrow pencil, draw tiny feathery strokes on the skin beneath the hairs.

STEP 3 – For the color to look natural, use an angle-cut brush to go over the brows with eyebrow powder. It blends the powder and takes away the waxy finish of the pencil.

Anastasia Beverly Hills angled-cut small brush, $17; sephora.com

Anastasia Beverly Hills angled-cut small brush, $17; sephora.com

You have ripped up unflattering pictures of you in the past and your wedding snaps don’t want to have this final end.  If you are able to afford one, book your makeup artist for the day or at least until after dinner.  This way if you want to add a darker eye it would become much more appropriate after your dinner is complete.

 

Clean Slate June 2, 2009

Filed under: Details,Vendors — bridaldaze @ 3:28 pm

One of the last things you may think about right after your wedding is caring for your gown.  Thankfully eco-friendly dry cleaner Slate NYC has made this easier for brides everywhere by offering the first world wide dress-cleaning and preservation service with online pricing and real-time tracking.

slatenyc

Input your location, dress designer, retail value and description at http://www.slatenyc.com, and the calculator gives you an instant quote, including shipping.  Place the order and you will receive a prepaid, insured garment box to ship your gown in.  It’ll come back to ready to be stored in two weeks, during which you can track its minute by minute progress online.

 

Gerbera Daisy

Filed under: Flowers — bridaldaze @ 3:07 pm

It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world.  It is fun and come in different colors as well as multi-colored making it diverse.

gerber

MEANING – Innocence, purity, and cheerfulness.

AVAILABILITY – Best Spring to Summer

COLORS – White, cream, yellow, orange, pink, lilac, purple, red, brown, salmon, bicolor.

FRAGRANCE – Mild

COST – Moderate

 

Sticky Situation

Filed under: Sticky Situations — bridaldaze @ 2:12 pm

ladyNot everyone in your wedding party can afford your big destination wedding.

You should spell out what all upcoming expenses will be with your potential bridesmaids as early as possible.  It’s really nice to if you sit each possible bridesmaid down – maybe with a cup of coffee – and go over all expenses they would be responsible for.  Traditionally, the bride and groom pay for the weddings party’s accommodations at a destination wedding, while the bridesmaids take care of their own dresses and traveling costs.  If the price tag prohibits a very close friend from being a bridesmaid, you can always say “I’d love to cover your expenses and make this a gift to you for being my bridesmaid.

 

Something Old, Something New… June 1, 2009

Filed under: Editors Desk — bridaldaze @ 5:04 pm
From the Editors Desk

From the Editors Desk

Something old,  something new, something borrowed… we’ve all heard it a million times.  But do we think of something old? Like tradition/ Or meaning?  We live in a modern world filled with iPods, camera phones, DVD’s, electric cars, and computers that basically do everything for us.   With all of this, it is easy to loose sight of the meanings behind old tradition.

Personally, I’ve spent a lot of time running away from tradition, thinking it is dated and stuffy, but maybe just maybe I was overlooking something very special?  I always like to take classic looks in weddings of our grandparents and translate them into today’s modern brides dream wedding.

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are the source of many wedding traditions we use today.  For instance flowers were always prominent part of the wedding celebration, and it was traditional for wedding ceremonies to take place before noon so bridesmaids, who arose before sunshine, could pick and gather flowers fromt he forest and garden for the wedding.

Some traditions, though, have become passe.  Throwing birdseed or rice at a couple following the ceremony was said to bring fertility but today, we know this can harm birds and animals.  Just by using lavender, which is environmentally safe and aromatic is a great substitute for the long standing rice tradition.

Can you imagine your bridesmaids walking through the forest collecting flora and sticks in the wee-hours of the morning in today’s world? Perhaps that is one tradition grateful to be left behind.

Old customs are beautiful, warm, and unforgettable, and selecting traditions and meanings that are significant to you is the ultimate key.  Consider the personal importance of each old tradition, dust it off, and adapt it to the twenty first century.  “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Somethign YOU!”